HMS Bulwark

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Bulwark, 1807
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : 23 Apr 1807 ; Disposal date or year : Sep 1826
Notes:

23 Oct 1809 a part of the Mediterranean fleet off the coast of Catalonia.

29 Apr 1810 At Cadiz

12 Jan 1811 arrived at Cadiz with specie.

18 Aug 1811 Shortly to be undocked at Plymouth.

9 Mar 1812 the Tonnant, Northumberland, Colossus, and Bulwark blockading Lorient, discovered the French squadron had escaped ; departed in search. French sighted by the Diana on the 9th and on the 10th, when she was joined by the Pompée and by Tremendous and Poictiers, but lost sight of the French in fog on the 11th.

12 Mar 1812 In the offing at Falmouth with a convoy of East India ships but did not put in.

27 May 1812 departed Plymouth to the westward.

23 Dec 1812 arrived Plymouth from the French coast.

11 Jan 1813 Remains at Plymouth.

16 Aug 1813 arrived Portsmouth from the Channel fleet.

18 Aug 1813 Whilst lying in Cawsand Bay a fire was discovered, but by the very great exertions of the Officers and crew, it was soon extinguished, without doing any material damage.

22 Jan 1814 Went out of Portsmouth harbour to Spithead.

27 Jan 1814 departs Spithead Saturday, with a convoy for Bermuda, Halifax, and the Bahamas, weather permitting.

14 Feb 1814 departed Spithead with the Bermuda and Halifax convoy, the peristent fog having lifted.

27 Apr 1814 departed Bermuda for Halifax.

13 May 1814 arrived Halifax the ship James from the Isle of France, for London, was captured by the American privateer Wasp 29 Mar., and recaptured 13 Apr by the Bulwark.

23 May 1814, arrived Halifax from off New London, with a small American sloop, her prize.

Circa 11 Jun 1814, departed Halifax, with the Spencer.

29 Jun 1814 arrived at Halifax the American schooner Orient, prize to the Bulwark.

3 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, a sloop, sent in by the Bulwark.

8 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the Portuguese ship Caroline, from the Cape Verde Isles, for Boston, warned off by the Bulwark.

13 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the schooner Nelly, Jennings, from N. Providence for Greenock, captured by the American privateer True Blooded Yankee, and recaptured by the Bulwark.

14 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, pilot boat schooner Thorn, from N. Carolina for Cape Ann, captured the Bulwark.

26 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the brig Tyger, from Malaga for a Prussian port, captured by the Yankee privateer, retaken by the Bulwark.

26 Aug 1814 Dragon, Endymion, Bacchante, Sylph and 10 transports with troops, departed from Halifax, Nova-Scotia, for the river Penobscot. The expedition was joined on the 31st, off the Metinicus islands, by the Bulwark, Tenedos, Rifleman and Peruvian.

1-3 Sep 1814 the fleet came to anchor off the fort and town of Castine and on the 2nd the Peruvian, Sylph and ships' boats headed up the up the Penobscot looking for the frigate Adams, at Hamden, which was set on fire by the defending US forces before they escaped inland.

5 Oct 1814, arrived Halifax, with the flag of R.-Adm. Milnes, 10 days from Boston Bay.

23 Oct 1814 captured the U.S. privateer schooner Harlequin, 10 gun, 115 men, which initially ran down to the Bulwark, thinking she was a merchant ship, and then realised her mistake! She arrived Halifax 26 Oct.

26 Oct 1814, the ship Amazon arrived Halifax, bound from Portsmouth to Quebec, she was captured by the American privateer Harpy 11 Oct., and then re-captured by the Bulwark.

9 Nov 1814 arrived Halifax, from a cruise, and reports having re-captured the brig Hussar, from Alicante to Newfoundland, which was taken by the American privateer Grand Turk.

7 Dec 1814 at Halifax.

22 Jan 1815 captured the U.S. privateer schooner Tomahawk, 9 guns, 84 men.

5 Feb 1815 arrived Halifax, the Tomahawk, of Baltimore, but from Boston, prize to the Bulwark.

25 Feb 1815, arrived Halifax the brig Margaret, of and from St. John's, N.B., captured by the US privateer Champlain, and re-captured by the Bulwark.

8 Mar 1815, arrived Halifax the schooner Rhoda, re-captured by the Bulwark.

8 Mar 1815 the Alban arrived Halifax, from Shelburne, N.B., where she left the Bulwark.

27 Mar 1815 arrived Plymouth from the coast of America.

17 May 1815, when apparently at Bermuda, exchange of correspondence by Lt. Percival, of the Bulwark and Mr. Edmund Ward, see below, former printer to His Majesty at Bermuda, who was sacked for impugning the honour of the US Com. Decatur regarding the concealment of men on board the President following her capture...the correspondence appears to confirm the word of the printer...but I'm not surprised !

2 Jun 1815, arrived Halifax, wearing the flag of R.-Adm. Griffith, in 6 days from Bermuda, with the Espoir, and the Admiral's tender.

12 Jun 1815, departed Halifax, for Quebec.

2 Aug 1815 arrived Portsmouth with a convoy of transports, with troops, from North America.

6 Aug 1815 departed Portsmouth to the eastward.

1 Sep 1815 Captain M'Kinley, guardship and flag ship of Sir Chas. Rowley at Sheerness.

9 Aug 1818 passed Portsmouth for Sheerness, having completed a 2 month cruise and exercises in the Channel.

27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based on Chatham and Sheerness.

24 Mar 1822 the Phaeton departs Spithead for Plymouth, to pick up the officers and men of the Spencer, and take them to Chatham, to commission the Bulwark for service as guard ship at Plymouth, the Spencer having been condemned to be broken up.

14 Oct 1824 In Harbour at Portsmouth.


The following letters and notice appeared in the Acadian Recorder on 10 June 1815, newspaper for Halifax, N.S., regarding the honour of Com. Decatur :

Mr. Ward, late printer to His Majesty at Bermuda, has been dismissed by his Excellency Gov. Cockburn, for asserting that a number of men were concealed on board the President, after her capture by the Endymion, and for refusing to contradict the same, on the word and honour of Com. Decatur.

From the Bermuda Gazette of May 24 :
We feel happy in having in our power this day, fully to satisfy our readers upon a subject which has excited considerable interest, viz.
Concealment of men on board the late U. States frigate President. St. Georges, 11th May 1815.
Sir,- Having just heard you were on board the President, when the men were found, I will take it as a particular favour, if you will oblige me with a statement of the circumstances attending that transaction, for my own private satisfaction ; and if you have no objection, for publication, as I am convinced your knowledge of the affair, if given to the world, would rescue the character of Lieutenant Morgan from unjust aspersions.
I remain, Sir, your obedient servant,
Edmund Ward.
Hon. Lt. Percival, H.M. Bulwark.

H.M.S. Bulwark, May, 17, 1815.
Sir, I receive your letter of 11th inst., and beg leave to state your satisfaction, a fact which appears to have been hitherto doubted. I was on board the President from the time she parted from the squadron, until she arrived at this port, and can assure you, your former information of the men being on board without our knowledge was perfectly correct, to which I beg to subscribe myself.
Your most obt. humble servt. G. Percival.
To E. Ward, Esq., St. George.